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Skelton Grange offers training for teachers, nursery staff, childminders and environmental professionals for Learning Outside the Classroom.

We also run lots of events and courses for anyone to get involved in just for fun!

What we have to offer:

Tues 16th Feb 2016: half term Bushcraft

Want to come and join in the fun? Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making. One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds

The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm. Click here to make a booking.

Weds 17th Feb 2016: half term Bushcraft

Want to come and join in the fun? Then come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making. One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds

The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm. Click here to make a booking.

Thurs 17th March 2016: Nature Play for Early Years

Encouraging imaginative play in the natural world.

Playing in and with nature is an excellent way to support all the types of learning and development in the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

This course looks at: The benefits of Nature Play Managing Risk – how to manage risk and the difference between good and bad risk How to enhance opportunities for Nature Play in your school grounds / local area Encouraging independent and creative play and exploration Ideas for activities that will encourage children to explore, discover and learn in their natural environment How Nature Play meets the requirements of the new EYFS framework.

Previous participant feedback: “Fantastic ideas for age group”... “Good balance of hands on ‘doing’ and listening/ discussion. Clear links made about how many of the activities help children to develop general learning behaviours and skills needed for wider curriculum learning.”

Cost: £105 plus VAT per person, including lunch and refreshments. Click here to make a booking.
 

Tues 5th April 2016: Bushcraft Basecamp (for 8-12 yrs)

This day is designed for all children aged 8-12. We will focus on having fun and learning basic skills such as shelter building, fire lighting and knife work, plus we'll play plenty of games!

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit.

Past Bushcraft events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds: The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Weds 6th April 2016: Bushcraft Explorers (for 10-13 yrs)

For children aged 10-13 that have attended 2 or more of our Bushcraft Basecamp sessions who would like to learn skills in greater depth.

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

Come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk
 

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Thurs 7th April 2016: Skelton Kids Spy Academy (for 9-13 yrs)

Come and join in on this clandestine operation!

Learn the art of camouflage, stealth, intelligence gathering, code breaking and infiltrating the enemy's stronghold. An extra special day of espionage!

One day events at Skelton Grange for 9-13 year olds:

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Mon 18th April 2016: Willow 'Twigwam' workshop with Phil Bradley at Skelton Grange

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. During the day you will learn to create a willow 'twigwam' of your own, perfect for growing sweet peas and other climbing plants up. All materials and tools will be provided.
 
Click here for tickets!

Feedback from last time :

A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite or visit our website where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Thurs 28th April 2016: Environmental Games and Activities

Creative and inspiring ideas for playing and learning outside with 3-11 year olds

The natural environment is a superb learning environment and this practical course will give you lots of ideas for games and activities which will engage and inspire children and support the delivery of the national curriculum / EYFS. The activities are suitable for 3-11 year olds, make use of simple and easily available resources and have been tried and tested by us and children over 22 years!

At the end of the day you will have made your own back pocket gamaes book, ready to take your learning and teaching outside.

Previous participant feedback:

“Excellent day, well suited to staff needs, the content was well planned and linked to the primary curriculum. Thanks”

“Great fun – and I now have lots of new ideas for taking the children outside”

Cost: £105 plus VAT per person, including lunch and refreshments.

Click here to make a booking.


Do you want training for all your staff? We will happily run any of these courses just for your school – cost £700 + VAT! Or £500 + VAT for a 2.5 hour after-school twilight session (March – Oct are the best months). Please contact the centre for details.


 

Sat 30th April 2016: Making Goats Cheese & Butter

An exciting new course for cheese lovers is happening at Skelton Grange this spring!

Craig Worrall of Edible Leeds will be leading a goat's cheese and butter making workshop for us, combined with a herb foraging walk around Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s beautiful wildlife area.

You will get to learn how to make goat's cheese and butter, which you can flavour to your own taste with herbs and wild seed heads from our walk, or from a selection of wild organic pickles made by Craig. Once you have learnt this traditional skill, you will be able to make your own cheese and butter at home for yourself or as unique gifts for friends and family.

Click here for tickets!

The event will include time for tea, coffee, cheese tasting and socialising.

Price includes all ingredients, equipment, but you will need to bring your own lunch if you'd like more than a few cheesy nibbles!

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult for all events.
 

Thurs 12th May 2016: Raising Standards: taking literacy & numeracy outdoors

A course for primary teachers demonstrating how to use the natural environment to teach the core curriculum areas of literacy and numeracy

A practical day introducing a range of hands on outdoor activities that can be used across Key Stage 1 and 2 to engage children.

Covers numeracy topics including time, measurement, ratio, fractions, data gathering and number bonds.

Literacy topics include story building and telling, poetry, descriptive writing, vocabulary development and even punctuation.

Demonstrates how to use real world learning experience to extend children’s learning and problem solving skills.

Previous participant feedback: “Very good ideas, concepts and practical guidance to take away, use and adapt” “The activities can be moulded to any age”

Cost: £105 plus VAT per person, including lunch and refreshments.

Click here for more info and to make a booking


Do you want training for all your staff?

We will happily run any of these courses just for your school – cost £700 + VAT!

Or £500 + VAT for a 2.5 hour after-school twilight session (March – Oct are the best months).

Please contact the centre for details.

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Fri 13th May 2016: Willow Hare workshop with Phil Bradley at Skelton Grange

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own and all materials and tools will be provided.

Click here for tickets!

Feedback from last time :

A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite or visit our website where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.

Tues 31st May 2016: Bushcraft Basecamp (for 8-12 yrs)

This day is designed for all children aged 8-12. We will focus on having fun and learning basic skills such as shelter building, fire lighting and knife work, plus we'll play plenty of games!

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit.

Past Bushcraft events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds: The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Weds 1st June 2016: Bushcraft Explorers (for 10-13 yrs)

For children aged 10-13 that have attended 2 or more of our Bushcraft Basecamp sessions who would like to learn skills in greater depth.

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

Come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit. Past Bushcraft events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds:

The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."

"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk
 

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Sat 18th June 2016: Natural Wine Making

Would you like to learn how to make your own wild foraged Elderflower wine?

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Making wine isn't as tricky as you may first think and the results are truly spectacular. Craig has been brewing for over 6 years now and says he has yet to have a 'duff' batch! This workshop will equip you with the skills to forge your way forth in the brewing stakes and save you a lot of money along the way - and you get to make your first wine and take it home with you.

We will meet in a secret Leeds location for foraging at 10am, then make it back to Skelton Grange for 12.00 to get down to brewing business! Bring a packed lunch, and Craig will bring along lovely cake and a selection of home-made wines for you to sample, and we will provide teas and coffee.

Course costs £80 pp (adults only) and includes all equipment for you to take home afterwards and keep brewing - Demi-John, Brew Bucket, Airlock, Tubing, Yeast, Sugar.

You will need transport to get from the foraging site to Skelton Grange, but do drop us a line if you haven't got access to a car, and we can arrange a lift.

Read all about Craig's foraging escapades here: http://edible-leeds.blogspot.co.uk/

Tues 26th July 2016: Bushcraft Basecamp (for 8-12 yrs)

This day is designed for all children aged 8-12. We will focus on having fun and learning basic skills such as shelter building, fire lighting and knife work, plus we'll play plenty of games!

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit.

Past Bushcraft events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds: The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Weds 27th July 2016: Bushcraft Basecamp (for 8-12 yrs)

This day is designed for all children aged 8-12. We will focus on having fun and learning basic skills such as shelter building, fire lighting and knife work, plus we'll play plenty of games!

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit.

Past Bushcraft events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds: The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Thurs 28th July 2016: Bushcraft Explorers (for 10-13 yrs)

For children aged 10-13 that have attended 2 or more of our Bushcraft Basecamp sessions who would like to learn skills in greater depth.

Want to come and join in the fun? Then click here for tickets!

Come and set up camp and spend your day in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts and environmental games! We try to vary the activities as much as possible on each session, so the kids can try out new things with each visit.

Past Bushcraft events have included: Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

One day events at Skelton Grange for 8-12 year olds: The cost per child for the day is £25 and includes a day of outdoor environmental and bushcraft activities led by experienced leaders. Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm.

"The kids really enjoy their days at Bushcraft - it is great for them to have a whole day outdoors learning new skills."
"It is a wonderful opportunity to try new activities in a supportive and stimulating environment. F found the adults inspiring, and can't wait to come back!"

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Mon 1st to Fri 5th Aug 2016: Skelton Rangers Summer Playscheme (for 8-12 yrs)

Summer bushcraft and nature playscheme for 8-12 year olds

Click here for tickets!

This playscheme is ALL about getting outside and we aim to be out in the fresh air for most of the day, every day!

Past events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor games, nature study, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

A week long playscheme with loads of healthy outdoor fun and games, from 9am 'til 5pm each day

£150 for five full days

Earlybird booking £130 by 21st April!!

"My daughter says this was the best week of all the summer holidays! She made friends, bows and arrows, campfire food and some wonderful memories. As a parent I can't thank you enough for your kind, caring staff who were great fun and engaged our kids in such a brilliant week of activities. "

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Weds 31st Aug 2016: Into The Wilderness (for 10-14 yrs)

2 day adventure with 1 night sleepover for 10-14 year olds - Click here for tickets!

Set in beautiful private woodland near Leeds, two packed days of woodland crafts, games, campfire cooking and the opportunity to build your own shelter and sleep out in it.

£75 for two days and one night - kids can be dropped off between 8-10am on the first day, and collected between 4-6pm on the second day.

DBS checked, fully risk assessed and run by experienced leaders. If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk
 

Want to come and join in the fun?

Then come and set up camp and spend two days in the woods, taking part in shelter building, fire lighting, woodland crafts, storytelling, environmental games and general mayhem! Past Into the Wilderness events have included:

Shelter building, fire lighting, campfire cooking, field games, hammock making, wild food walks, wood work crafts, string making, bows and arrows, stalking and tracking, pyro-carving, and charcoal making.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre!

Fri 9th September 2016: Willow Deer workshop with Phil Bradley

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course. Click here to make a booking!

During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own and all materials and tools will be provided.

Feedback from last time :

A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth.

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided.

You can book via eventbrite where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Sat 10th September 2016: Willow Sheep workshop with Phil Bradley

Master Willow Weaver Phil Bradley's reputation as an excellent teacher and craftsman has made him much in demand, so we are really pleased to welcome him back to Skelton Grange Environment Centre for another willow weaving and sculpture course.

Click here to make a booking.

During the day you will learn to create a willow sculpture of your own and all materials and tools will be provided.

Feedback from last time :

A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment. My willow hare now stands proudly in my garden - making me smile every morning when I look out! Thank you so much Phil and the welcoming team at Skelton Grange - when is the next course??!!

When not teaching, creating, demonstating or weaving baskets, Phil manages and harvests his own organic willowbeds near Cockermouth

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite or visit our website where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.
 

Sat 24th September 2016: Wire bird workshop with Chris Moss

Having admired the work of Yorkshire wire sculptor Chris Moss at a number of exhibitions over the years, we are thrilled to welcome her to Skelton Grange Environment Centre to lead a workshop for us! During the day you will learn to create a wire sculpture of your very own such as a duck or chicken, and all materials and tools will be provided. Click here for tickets.

Feedback from our other workshops :

"A wonderfully creative and relaxing day in great company and in a beautiful eco centre and nature reserve environment."

And to see examples of Chris's beautiful work on her website, please see www.chrismossart.co.uk

You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided. You can book via eventbrite where you can also check out other exciting workshops we are planning.

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre.

Custom made courses for your school or organisation

We deliver INSET training for teachers and early years professionals, either in your own school or children's centre setting, or at Skelton Grange. Current courses include; Raising Standards by Teaching Numeracy & Literacy Outside; Making the Most of your School Grounds; Environmental Games; Nature Play for Early Years or for Childminders. We can design and deliver custom made courses just for you. Courses can last a whole day (£750) or half day/twilight session (£500).

If you have any questions, then please do contact the Skelton Grange Team on 0113 2430815 or skelton@tcv.org.uk

Trainers at Skelton Grange

All our in-house trainers are all qualified primary school teachers and have enjoyed running successful environmental activities with children from Leeds schools for many, many years! They have experience of working with all ages and abilities, in lots of different settings and have a real passion and enthusiasm for working with children outdoors. In our work we are also lucky enough to meet some very inspirational people, and we have persuaded some of them to run other exciting events at Skelton Grange.

The venue

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is in South Leeds, conveniently located close to the M1 and M621, with ample free car parking available and also served by frequent buses from Leeds city centre and a cycle path. A beautiful, award winning eco-building, with many environmental features including rainwater recycling, solar panels and photo voltaic cells, the centre is located in a 2 hectare wildlife area - all fully accessible to wheelchair users. The building is also available for hire for your own events - click here for more details.

As much as we love dogs here at Skelton Grange, we appreciate that not all participants may be comfortable around them so we operate a no dog policy for our events.